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MONDAY, APRIL 18, 2016

MONDAY, APRIL 11, 2016

The clash of the genre's! (Jon & Janelle Roster / Andrew Smith)

Favorite Generic Roleplaying Systems

There is a fourth hidden genre of games. One that is more potent, accessible and unbound. Instead of bending players to fit its universe, this genre is designed to kowtow to the will of the players. It is the generic. It is the universal. All are one in this game genre. The only restriction is imagination.

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Sci-fi looks to the future for solutions!  (Jon & Janelle Roster / Andrew Smith)

Atypical Science Fiction RPGs

In the cold darkness of corporation-run space, there are only PCs and NPCs. Laws sometimes apply and technology is occasionally called magic or biotics. Things are pretty awesome but often in a terrible way. Science fiction gives us a glimpse into what might come to be and I love it dearly. Here are some Sci-Fi games you might not have heard of.

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Today is pretty crazy too, if you think about it. (Jon & Janelle Roster / Andrew Smith)

Uncommon Modern RPGs

Not every game takes place in a far off land…in space…with elves… Some take place here and now, sometimes there’s magic, sometimes Germany won WW2, sometimes you’re a few years in the past as little kids, and sometimes it’s just you as the world comes to an end. Regardless, we live in interesting times and they shouldn’t be ignored.

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MONDAY, MARCH 28, 2016


Nothing angers an adventurer more, than burning down their village (Jon & Janelle Roster / Andrew Smith)

Fantasy RPG suggestions 

If you dream of the clashing of swords, the searing fire of a dragon, and the rise and fall of kingdoms, then perhaps you’d enjoy an RPG in a fantasy themed setting. It just so happens I’ve got a list of my favorite ones right here in this blog post.

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MONDAY, MARCH 21, 2016

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MONDAY, FEB. 29, 2016

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MariO pairs the classic gameplay of Super Mario Bros. with the mind- and gravity-bending mechanics of Portal.  (StabYourself.Net)

This week's free game: "MariO"

We've got something a little different for you this week. In the style of the mash-up, indie developers from created "MariO," a mix between Nintendo's Super Mario Bros. and Valve's Portal. Yes, you want to play it.

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